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What if a dystopian ruin laid claim of your heart?
What if the only way out was to search deeper within?
To Liv From The Ruin is a YA Dystopian novel in which the dystopia is actually found within a ten-year-old girl named Liv Raines. It is a fantasy that depicts the human soul as a tangible land inhabited by beings called “Pieces” which represent different aspects of Liv’s character. These “Pieces” are presented in the human image and run the gamut from bitter, loud-mouthed Tella to four-year-old April, the sweetheart of the land.
Book 1 of debut author Adrienne Stewart Patton’s epic adventure series is the story of Liv Raines’ journey of self-discovery and demonstrates a soul’s battle to stay intact when heartbreak comes. The cause of Liv’s heartbreak remains a mystery, but “the ruin” itself exposes the raw truth of human instinct, the horror of abandonment and the effects of a soul’s destruction, all the while shedding light on hope – that tiny light that just might lead Liv Raines out of the darkness and into freedom to be who she really is at the core, whomever that might be.
Today I am interviewing author Adrienne Patton about her unique dystopia, To Live From The Ruin. It is a dystopia set inside of a girl named Liv. The book is free today and Sunday. Get your copy at Amazon
You just released your book To Liv From The Ruin. Can you tell us a little about the book?
I’d love to, but first I want to say thank you for having me on your blog, Michael! It’s an honor to be here and I appreciate your time so very much.
To Liv From The Ruin is a YA Dystopian Fantasy novel in which the dystopia is actually found within a ten-year-old girl named Liv Raines. The premise of the book is that inside every person’s soul there is a center, a “happy place,” and that “happy place” can be wiped out in the blink of an eye. That’s what has happened to Liv.
In my book, Liv Raines’ soul is depicted as a tangible land, inhabited by the Pieces of who she is which are (for the sake of tangibility) made in the human image.
Once the reader steps inside the heart of this little girl, he will come face to face with true terror, starvation and abandonment, but hope still lives within the ruin, as unstable as it may seem.
Where did you get the idea for the book?
To be honest, I’ve heard the concept of the book my whole life. I think it’s safe to say that we have all experienced sadness on the inside while putting on a brave face on the outside; we’ve kept our mouths closed while thoughts have raced in our heads. The very idea of self-exploration would lead an individual to open doors here and there inside themselves. I just made those doors tangible in my story. That’s all.
As far as depicting a person’s soul as a physical world, though, that process came through pregnancy. As I waited for each of my sons to take shape, I pondered what his center would look like, what the Pieces of his character would be like. I thought a lot about all the different parts that would make him whole.
Are any of your personal experiences reflected in the story or characters?
It’s all personal. Every word on every page. In order to “dig deep” into the soul of Liv Raines to even be able to write the story, I first had to dig deep within myself.
I’m a firm believer that, if we’re honest, our hearts don’t naturally reflect paradise or a utopia of any kind. If we’re honest, I believe our hearts are the breeding spots for what most of us try to hide or deny.
To Liv From The Ruin and all the characters within its pages is an exploration of every element of the human soul. To be able to write about them, I first had to acknowledge them in my own heart.
Can you describe a little about your writing process? Do you extensively outline? How long did it take to write the book?
Well, it took me five years to write the book. I wrote in circles for four years, trying to find the right approach for the story I wanted to tell. Finally, this past year, I felt like I had found a firm foundation from which to write.
Through trial and error, I noticed that the great outdoors breathed clarity for me, so I took up jogging along natural trails in the Carolinas. Most of the concepts that took shape in the book were found while looking ahead at a winding path lined with overhanging tree limbs.
Once the thought came to me, I would write notes on notecards and arrange them on strings of twine, which became my outlining process. I’m a visual person, so I also started drawing diagrams on chalk walls I devoted to the book.
But as far as committing those concepts to paper, my creative writing time is a small window in the early morning, way before the sun rises or the rest of my family wakes.
How did you come up with the cover?
Liv’s soul is a dark place, where “the ruin” seems overpowering. It seems impossible to beat, but the depths of darkness are obliterated with the mere presence of light, even if that light only comes in the form of a lightning bug.
I wanted The Hollow (a tree that serves as the Pieces’ safe haven) depicted on the cover as well as a lightning bug, which is also featured in my novel, to be the one source of light provided.
I communicated this to a designer at Ebook Cover Design by www.ebooklaunch.com and loved what he came up with.
What are you working on next? Will there be a sequel?
Yes, To Liv From The Ruin is the first of what could possibly be a six-book series. Next up is To Liv From The Ramble and will explore Liv’s subconscious.
Is your book available anywhere other than Amazon?
Not yet. It’s a part of the Kindle Select program.
What are your favorite authors and novels?
I love J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and I think Suzanne Collins is an amazing talent as well. Beyond that, I have the utmost respect for C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.